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Things to do in El Retiro, Colombia

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Medellín: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

1. Medellín: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

Discover the quaint beauty of 3 different colonial towns outside of Medellin. Visit El Retira, La Ceja, and Rionegro, all places significant in the history of Colombia. The first stop is at El Retiro, a town built in the 18th century. Wander around the central park, see an old church, and traverse pretty streets. Pick up insights into the town's past from your guide. Make a pit stop at a remarkably beautiful waterfall on the way to La Ceja. Explore another town built in the 18th century. Marvel at its historical Spanish architecture. Cap off the half-day experience with a visit to Rionegro, the largest municipality outside Medellin, founded in 1541. This was one of the most important cities during the independence struggle in Colombia, and is home to a museum that highlights this history.

From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

2. From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

Following pick-up from your hotel in Medellín, drive towards the Andes mountains and get panoramic views of the valley from a mountain top. Taste classic dishes from the northwest Paisa region and make your way to El Retiro for lunch by the scenic waterfall. Continue to Llanogrande and San Antonio de Pereira to sample a selection of traditional desserts. Get amazing views of the evergreen forests and mountain landscapes, visit colonial churches and spot some of the opulent villas of Colombia along the way. Benefit from an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and get the chance to explore at your own pace. Use the time to learn more about the culture, cuisine and history of Colombia. Return to Medellín along a route that cuts through the jungle, where wildlife can be spotted at the edge of the road.

From Medellín: Full-Day Colombian Paisa Towns Tour

3. From Medellín: Full-Day Colombian Paisa Towns Tour

The word Paisa refers to a regional subculture in Colombia and is commonly associated with the smaller, rural towns of Antioquia, the state surrounding Medellín. On this tour, you will discover the real meaning of Paisa. This traditional Colombian culture still exists, and each small town is unique in its own way, boasting a speciality that is waiting to be discovered. El Retiro is known for its beautiful plazas, and talent in woodworking. We will stroll around the town, learn about the traditional Paisa culture, and admire the quaint streets. El Carmen de Viboral centers on ceramics and its community is full of masters in this craft. We’ll have the chance to enter a workshop where you can watch experts creating and meticulously painting their work, after which we will have the chance to purchase some of these masterpieces. San Antonio de Pereira’s claim to fame is its local desserts, which are ideal for those with a sweet tooth, and who want to sweeten up this full-day tour.

Medellin: Day Trip to Private Zipline and Waterfall Trek

4. Medellin: Day Trip to Private Zipline and Waterfall Trek

Take a day trip from Medellin to soar over jungles and waterfalls via 2 exhilarating ziplines, each over 0.5 km (0.3 miles) long. Along with the undivided attention of your guide, this tour includes snacks and coffee, a hike to the base of Salto Del Buey waterfall, and hotel transfers from Medellin. Start your day trip with a pickup from Medellin. Upon arrival at Pueblo Retiro, treat yourself to some snacks and coffee. Then, head to the zipline site. Fly above 1000 feet high from mountain to mountain with breathtaking views. Enjoy incredible views as you glide in the air at a quick yet comfortable pace from one mountain to another. See 3 waterfalls and soak up the beauty of Mother Nature. If you're looking for more adventure, after ziplining (or before depending on weather conditions), disconnect from the line, and be escorted down to the base of a mammoth waterfall on a 20-minute-long hike. After snapping some photos, proceed to a safe, secure, mountain climbing experience. Wear your harness, get clipped to a safety line, and follow the steps on the side of the mountain with a guide. After going around the mountain, find yourself directly beside the majestic waterfall. Once down at the waterfall, you can get an even closer view from a path leading out to a bridge directly in front of the massive wonder of nature. Next, go on a 10-minute descent to the next tower, where your guide clips you in again to get you ready for the highest zipline in Colombia. On the way back to Medellin, you can choose to stop for optional lunch or grab snacks and drinks in Pueblo Retiro.

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What people are saying about El Retiro, Colombia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Great tour and excellent experience. My tour guide was Veronica, and she was very knowledgeable of the regions visited while making the trip extremely enjoyable and relaxing. Our driver Jaime made sure we had a smooth ride and kept us safe.

Yolanda Quiroz is an excellent guide, in addition to enjoying taking you through the different Paisa towns, her knowledge and experience of them is unmatched. Thank you!!

This was a great tour that was informative, filled with great food and wonderful sights. My tour guide Carlos was great.

A very nice tour, our guide Carlos very attentive and with a lot of knowledge of the area and its history.


I loved the place. Our guide, Juan, very attentive, helpful, patient ... I really loved it.